About to be made redundant

I am set to be made redundant in the New Year as my company moves to outsource its HR services. What should I do?

Dear Jane,

I am set to be made redundant in the New Year as my company moves to outsource its HR services. I am looking at it as an opportunity to find work that is more strategic than my current, more-administrative role. Do you have any advice for taking best advantage of this?

- Trying to stay positive

You now have a great opportunity to take a deep breath, step back, and think about your next steps.  Use the time to do some serious soul-searching on what you want to do next.  Let’s start with this question: what makes for a great day in strategic HR?

Think on what you enjoyed and what you just tolerated about an administrative or transactional HR role.  What kept you engaged, and what would you steer clear of in your next role?

Armed with new insights, start mapping the industry and organisations and industries that likely value strategic HR professionals.  

Build your own advisory board. Looking for a job can be lonely, so get a network of advisors, former bosses, ex-colleagues, and one or two natural connectors – there’s always someone who knows someone. 

Build your network of advisors and you may also find referrals for strategic HR positions. Do more homework and “interview” strategic HR professionals, functional and business leaders to learn from their experiences.  As much as this is an opportunity, it takes time and dedication, so your network provides support, energy, and balance.

Good luck and let me know how you fare!

Dr. Jane Horan is an expert in career transitions, unconscious bias and cross-cultural leadership. An internationally-recognised speaker, she is the author of "I Wish I’d Known That Earlier in My Career: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics", a business book used by corporate universities globally, and "How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations" to show new perspectives on leadership and careers, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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